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Re: The Starr Carbine...

Posted by Dušan P. Farrington on Sunday, 20 March 2011, at 5:23 p.m., in response to Re: The Starr Carbine..., posted by Dick Hosmer on Sunday, 20 March 2011, at 1:20 p.m.

Hi Dick,

You have read the tables in my book correctly: 10 of the 2nd Cavalry companies were armed with the Starr carbine at Second Quarter 1866 and they were stationed at various posts in Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado and Dakota Territories. Two companies carried Spencer cal. 52 carbines at the same date. By the next found report date, Second Quarter 1867, the regiment had moved almost exclusively to Dakota Territory and had been armed with Spencer cal. 50 carbines. We have a bit of independent testimony from Col. Henry B. Carrington, commanding Fort Phil Kearny, that at least one of the troopers of the Second stationed there in December of 1866 was still armed with the Starr (see pp.31-32 re John Donovan), so the complete rearming of the Second with Spencers probably took place in early 1867 - after the Fetterman fight. It is known that some few Spencers were at the Fetterman fight and I think they had been brought to Phil Kearny recently by the members of the Second Cavalry Band just transferred there.

Best regards,



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